Senate to vote Monday on Trump's VA nominee
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The Senate is scheduled to vote next week on President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE's pick to the lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMeghan McCain calls Russian attacks against her father the 'highest compliment' to her family Schumer: Fight for Senate is 'neck and neck' Nikki Haley powerfully rebuts Trump MORE (R-Ky.) teed up a vote on Robert Wilkie's nomination for 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

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Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally House conservatives want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations Senate eyes Kavanaugh floor vote next week MORE (R-Ga.), the chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, said earlier Thursday that the Senate should vote to confirm Wilkie “without delay.”

"It is of utmost importance that any policy changes that impact the future of the department be made by a confirmed VA secretary who can be held accountable by Congress and the American people," Isakson said.

Presidential physician Ronny Jackson, Trump’s initial pick, withdrew his nomination in April amid allegations of professional misconduct.

Wilkie's nomination has, by comparison, been fairly low key.

Questions were temporally raised about his nomination when The Washington Post reported that Wilkie has worked throughout his career for polarizing lawmakers and officials, whose controversial views he has defended.

But Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterOvernight Energy: Outdoor retailer Patagonia makes first Senate endorsements | EPA withdraws Obama uranium milling rule | NASA chief sees 'no reason' to dismiss UN climate report Trump on 'I love you' from rally crowd: 'I finally heard it from a woman' Patagonia makes its first election endorsements with two Western Democrats MORE (Mont.), the top Democrat on the Senate's veterans panel, defended Wilkie, saying at the time that the nominee is qualified and a "good guy," and would wait to see Wilkie's response to the questions.

“That's why we’re having a hearing,” Tester said. “He’ll have an opportunity to answer some of those questions. Many of them happened 20 years ago.”

Wilkie defended his stance toward women and minorities during his confirmation hearing, telling lawmakers, "I will stand on my record.”

Wilkie was subsequently approved by the committee in a near-unanimous vote. Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersElection Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Bernie Sanders' age should not disqualify him in 2020 Small-dollar donations explode in the Trump era MORE (I-Vt.) voted against him.

Wilkie previously ran military personnel policy at the Pentagon for the Trump administration before serving as acting VA secretary. He stepped down from acting VA secretary after being nominated for secretary.